There is nothing more tragic for a parent than the death of a child. The shock and devastation are overwhelming and for most, comes a complete loss of hope.
For us, it began with a frantic phone call from our daycare provider on April 25, 2002 telling us that Jon, our 3½ month old baby, wasn’t breathing. This was followed by more phone calls while driving blindly to him, being told EMS was working on him and transporting him to the hospital, finally getting to the hospital, and after waiting for what felt like an eternity, hearing that they were never able to revive him. They believed the cause of death was SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is still the leading cause of death among U.S. infants 1-12 months old. –Mayo Clinic
Although this event has Jon’s name, it honors all children whose lives ended too soon from any cause. Jon’s Run provides a time and place where families don’t have to be alone in their grief. Our Memorial Balloon Release is a beautiful tradition that offers healing and hope for families as they remember their children, and the comfort and support they receive from being surrounded by others who have experienced a similar loss is invaluable. Your donation and participation in Jon’s Run will help support families struggling with the loss of a child and will also help fund SIDS research and prevention.